Russell Raymond Davis, Sr. Russell Raymond Davis, Sr. passed away on January 20, 2013, at 90 years old. Russell was a Native American Indian and Tribal member of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Rancheria, located in Upper Lake, County of Lake, California, where he was born on May 16, 1922. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs, his young mother was Teresa Myers and grandfather was Joe Myers, Jr., both appear on U.S. Indian Census 1917-1919 as Native American Indians from Pinoleville Indians of Round Valley. Russell acknowledged his birth mother as Teresa Myers, but he was raised as a young child on the Upper Lake Rancheria by his parents, Jack and Clara Davis, who appear on a 1915 U.S. Indian Census of the Upper Lake Rancheria Indians with Teresa Myers listed as their niece. The Davis family also had a daughter, Norene, and son, Steven. In addition and according to oral history, Frank Treppa was his adoptive Indian father. While enduring difficult hardships as a young Native American Indian of that time period and what happened to many Native American Indian children, Russell was sent to live and go to school at the Sherman Institute for Indians, located in Riverside, County of Riverside, California. His name appears on the Sherman Institute's 1940 U.S. Federal Census at age 17. It is unknown exactly how long he was a student at the Sherman Institute as he would not speak of the ordeal, but it is suspected that Russell spent most of his adolescent years there. Russell is a veteran of WWII and served in the Army of the United States 1941-1945 as a diver in the O.S.S., Office of Strategic Services, where he worked on war ships and docking piers, that included building runways for the fighter jets. He traveled extensively to such places as New Guinea and Australia, while serving in the Army. It was during this time that he met Betty Winifred Olsen who is a Native American Indian and Tribal member of Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians in Lake County, California. He married Betty in March of 1945 and was stationed at Catalina Island in California where he stayed until his honorable discharge at the end of WWII in July of 1945. During their marriage they resided in San Francisco, California, and had three children - Russell Raymond, Jr., Lisa Ramona and Lora Diane. Russell and Betty divorced in June of 1950 and he never remarried. Betty remarried and lives in Tucson, Arizona. With his Army benefits, Russell went to a barber school and worked as a barber in San Francisco for the next 50 years. He was later confined to the Hayward Convalescent Hospital in Hayward, California, where he battled severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and suffered several strokes. He received continuous care the last decade of his life and died at the hospital. Russell was preceded in death by his daughter, Lora Diane Davis. He is survived by his son, Russell Raymond Davis, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia; his daughter, Lisa Ramona Davis Bunch of Panama City, Florida; his grandchildren, Sally Renee Bunch Peterson, Maurice Gary Bunch, Jr., Linda Lora Davis Dobbs and Russell Aaron Bunch; his great-grandchildren, Christopher Allen Bunch, Nicholas Ryan Peterson, Zackary Aaron Peterson, Amber Nicole Davis, Michael Ryan Bunch, Justin Vance Dobbs, Ashton Presley Dobbs and Braxton Tyler Bunch; and his great-great-grandchildren, Olivia Nicole Bunch, Caden Matthew Gerald and Bailey Marie Bunch. Funeral services for Russell Raymond Davis Sr. will be held at the Veteran's Circle of the Hartley Cemetery in Lakeport, California, where he will be laid to rest with military honors on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. Please share your memories by signing the guest book at www.legacy.com.
Published in Lake County Record-Bee from Oct. 25 to Oct. 31, 2013